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The Allcock’s Duplex Threadline Spinning Reel

Allcock's Duplex threadline reel

The Allcock’s Duplex reel is probably one of the simplest of all ideas. On the surface it’s to convert a reel from left to right hand wind, or is it?

Allcock’s in association with a Mr B J Wakeflied of Plymouth jointly sealed a Patent on May 10th 1932.

Allcock's Duplex threadline reel

The production reel became the Allcock’s Duplex reel. I assume Wakefield had some sort of royalty agreement.

I always thought the simple idea of rotating the whole reel 180 degrees gave the option of right or left hand wind – wrong!

The Patent states; “the direction of rotation of the flyer can be changed by turning the reel body through 180 degrees about a pivot”, that pivot being the large screw at the rear.

So the Patent design was to untwist line, a scenario that has plagued lure anglers using spinning reels for years, and still does today.

Initially the spring bail had to be held open with a finger, then later a brass stud was fitted to the stem to hold it open. A large brass dial under the handle makes a smooth, effective drag system.

Allcock's Duplex threadline reel

I’ve owned a couple of these reels with a manual half bail arm too.

So, many variants to collect, original boxes with labels are rare, spare spool, red rubber ring and papers should come with the reel to make the boxed set complete.

Remember –  “Don’t chuck it out, check it out!” and contact me at john@thomasturner.com today.

Now why not have a browse through our reels section on Thomas Turner Fishing Antiques!


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The lure of Hardy glass fibre rods.

Hardy Jet Salmon Fly Rod

Being of a certain age I remember the 1960’s, 70s & 80’s as a time of tackle innovation and no personal funds!

Nose pressed against the tackle shop window lusting after the iconic Hardy rods I would one day be able to afford…

Back to the current day and there is a resurgence in the classic glass fishing rod market. Both in terms of us old geezers buying the things we couldn’t afford way back then, and in manufacturers just plain running out of carbon ideas, revisiting glass fibre (or fibreglass) blanks to boost market share – makes sense!

Makers in both the USA and UK have relaunched glass rods, they’re not cheap either, you can be paying hundreds of ££/$$ for one so why not buy an original!? They are still cheap by comparison and are only going up in value.

Rods in the Hardy coarse fishing range are leading the way in terms of UK sales, as well as Oliver’s, Terry Eustace and a handful of other specialist makers.

Hardy Matchmaker glass fibre rod

The iconic Hardy Matchmaker, Richard Walker Avon, The Carp, Fred J Taylor Trotter, Perfections, etc., can all easily sell over £200, dependant on condition of course.

Fly fishing was equally well covered by the Hardy Fibalite & Jet ranges of rods (JET came from the initials of American caster J E Tarantino) showing the cross-pollination of ideas between the two continents.

The Hardy glass rods went though many makeovers in terms of the blank colours, whipping colours, handle styles and reel fitting materials. In fact it is a great collectors range and many people aspire to owning the full set.

So why buy glass?

They are certainly heavier than carbon, with a thicker diameter and softer action, usually lower tech guides and possibly aged silk whippings.

Yes it’s all of that, but so much more! Using the glass fibre rod naturally leads you to buying the correct period reel.

For coarse fishing for example, there is the classy Swedish built Abu Cardinal; the famous French built Mitchell 300 and the very English Allcock’s Aerial centre pin reel.

Hardy Jet Spinning rod in Fibalite

They often bring back the memories of childhood angling through your rose-tinted bi-focals.

There should be no rushing about, no dragging tons of high tech gear, no casting to the moon and beyond.

Finally, these rods are going to continue to rise in popularity and price and therefore represent a good long term investment too, but it’s all about the fishing really isn’t it.

Please click here to view our current available range of Hardy glass and carbon fibre rods!


Thomas Turner Fishing AntiquesDo you have any vintage or classic modern fishing tackle to sell?

We are always interested in purchasing high quality vintage or modern tackle items. If you have a collection or an individual item to sell please get in touch. You can use our contact form, or email me at john@thomasturner.com. Please include some good clear images, watch our helpful video for some advice on that. We will get right back to you by phone or email.

 

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The Hogarth reel, or maybe not!

The Hogarth that wasn't

One of the best tools any tackle collector can have is the now out of print reference book, To Catch A Fisherman by the late Jamie Maxtone-Graham, 2nd edition 1984.

Allegedly all the fishing tackle patents compressed into one book, by name, Patent no. and application design.

When I told him in 1986 I was running the first UK Tackle Collectors Club he signed a copy of my book – “John, whatever will you think of next”, only Jamie could write that!

An absolute one-off, a character and one of the first UK tackle dealers leading the way for many others to follow.

However this isn’t about Jamie, it’s more about the book and it usefulness to all collectors, a real must-have!

As you thumb through the book, images and details stick in your mind.

A Hogarth lookalike vintage reel

I thought I had finally found the holy grail of thread line reels. Patented in 1933 by J B Hogarth of Doncaster, it’s a dead ringer for the reel I obtained last week. But then reading the Patent application it turns out not to be, so near, but no cigar.

The reel I have does not have the reciprocating spool (lifting up and down) to lay the line, and that was the Patent.

In other respects the odd shape is very similar, almost spooky similar in fact. I may even use the danger phrase; “possibly a prototype“, which is tackle dealer talk for I don’t know what it is, but I’m impressed!

Alloy and brass fishing reel

Its’ interesting, clearly factory made with cast brass and alloy turned parts, a multi-faceted handle (I’ve been dying to use that phrase for weeks) and there you have it.

A nearly 1933, nearly patent, possibly factory prototype spinning reel by somebody and it’s just a great early spinning reel to boot.

Hope that clears it all up for you; get a copy of the Patents book. They turn up on the internet and are worth their weight in gold.


Thomas Turner Fishing AntiquesDo you have any vintage or classic modern fishing tackle to sell?

We are always interested in purchasing high quality vintage or modern tackle items. If you have a collection or an individual item to sell please get in touch. You can use our contact form, or email me at john@thomasturner.com. Please include some good clear images, watch our helpful video for some advice on that. We will get right back to you by phone or email.

 

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The Kings of Nottingham.

King's patent side casting tournament reel

This is a rare early Kings Patent side-casting tournament reel, what a cracker!

Patent 1905/12, that’s 1912 by Mr F King, it features a 4″ diameter mahogany wood backplate made in the Nottingham style.

Nottingham style reel backplate

A very complex reel for its date and quite fragile too.

It has a tapered shallow drum for distance casting perhaps with an orbital brass wire line guide and correct inner single handle with brass line clip and an alloy star back.

I think of the few of these that I’ve seen over the years, only a handful mind you, they have all suffered hairline fractures to the alloy stem from perhaps too much strain for the thin alloy casting.

By depressing the spring shuttle it allows the drum to turn 90 degrees to cast and recover line, simple!

Working ratchet check mechanism

Fitted with a working ratchet check, what’s not to like!?

A great looking reel for any collector and only going up in price.


Thomas Turner Fishing AntiquesDo you have any vintage or classic modern fishing tackle to sell?

We are always interested in purchasing high quality vintage or modern tackle items. If you have a collection or an individual item to sell please get in touch. You can use our contact form, or email me at john@thomasturner.com. Please include some good clear images, watch our helpful video for some advice on that. We will get right back to you by phone or email.

 

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Multum in Parvo and Fishing Reel Design

Malloch style reel

Multum in Parvo is a Latin phrase that was used by Hardy’s to advertise their black japanned lure boxes. It translates as ‘Much into little’.

No better phrase to describe this wood and brass side casting tournament-style reel then!

Malloch style fishing reel

Cleary designed on the Malloch principle, this reel has a spring indent twisting foot turning 360 degrees in ¼ turns, so it can be left or right hand wind. The 2” diameter spool has a very shallow 1-3/4” wide parallel drum and it is tapered on the lip to allow the line to spill off easily reducing any friction.

A single alloy handle fits onto a Nottingham style drum face. The central brass wing nut acts as a tensioner and oddly, a spring bar can be adjusted at the rear to increase tension too, so two brakes for such a tiny reel! Why?

Maybe it’s not a tournament reel after all, it’s not super free running; the casting eye is too close to the drum causing friction, so maybe it’s the elusive ‘longdistancecastingwidedrumtwinbrakingreel’ thing, designed by a really clever engineer who had WAY to much time on his hands but what a great collectors reel for us to discuss!


Thomas Turner Fishing AntiquesDo you have any vintage or classic modern fishing tackle to sell?

We are always interested in purchasing high quality vintage or modern tackle items. If you have a collection or an individual item to sell please get in touch. You can use our contact form, or email me at john@thomasturner.com. Please include some good clear images, watch our helpful video for some advice on that. We will get right back to you by phone or email.

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